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Ekiti sacks 5,000 LG workers

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…over age falsification and certificate forgery

By Gbenga Ariyibi

ADO-EKITI – Governor  Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has ordered the immediate sack of 5,000 workers from the state’s local government service.

Th etermination of appointments of the affected workers in the 16 local government areas cuts across the cadres.

Chief Aderemi Ajayi, the Chairman of the state’s local government service commission, while confirming the sack in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the names of the affected workers had been removed from the July 2011 salary vouchers.

Ajayi alleged that the affected workers gained employment into the service, using fake certificates and falsified birth certificates.

He explained that the list of the affected staff was compiled by a special verification committee set up by the governor to oversee the activities of the local government administration in the state.

He said: “Those affected were those that gained employment into the local government service using fake certificates and those that ought to have retired but refused to do so by continually falsifying their ages.

“The committee directed all the local governments in the state to display the names of the affected workers in their respective notice boards on July 15.

“Their names had been removed from the July 2011 salary vouchers. Those with genuine complaints are to forward such to the committee.

“Although I cannot tell you the exact  figure of the affected workers, I can tell you the sack cuts across all the 16 local governments in the state.”

The names of the affected workers were on Friday pasted on the notice boards of the various local government secretariats.

However, one of the affected staff members, who gave his name as Gabriel Aturu, described the sack as “anti people and anti democratic tenets being proclaimed by the state government.

“The allegations of fake academic certificates and falsification of age are not true but an effort by the government to justify the illegal and brazen sack.

‘”The sack is an attempt by the officials to fill the vacant posts with their cronies, and political associates at our expense.”

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